History Theatre / TheMikado

15th Nov '17 9:53:17 AM Jeduthun
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* ListSong: Ko-Ko's "I've got a little list."

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* ListSong: Ko-Ko's "I've got a little list."" The Mikado's song "A More Humane Mikado" also spends a lot of time listing people.


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* OpeningChorus: "If You Want To Know Who We Are." Doubles as an IAmSong for the chorus, explaining that they're gentlemen of Japan.
12th Sep '17 2:44:24 PM lalaTKG
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Yum Yum: Beautiful=Good, Katisha: Ugly=Evil. However this trope is lampshaded and parodied as well. Yum Yum ask why she's the most beautiful woman in the whole world "Can this be vanity? No!". As for Katisha, although she is genuinely bloodthirsty and cruel, her loneliness makes her sympathetic ("Hearts do not break, they sting and ache...").

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Yum Yum: Beautiful=Good, Katisha: Ugly=Evil. However this trope is lampshaded and parodied as well. Yum Yum ask asks herself why she's the most beautiful woman in the whole world "Can in one scene ("Can this be vanity? No!".No!"). As for Katisha, although she is genuinely bloodthirsty and cruel, her loneliness makes her sympathetic ("Hearts do not break, they sting and ache...").



* {{Bowdlerise}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got a little list" and "My object all sublime."

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got Got a little list" Little List" and "My object all sublime.Object All Sublime."
7th Aug '17 3:32:30 AM MartineBrooke
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** Also Pitti-Sing, the second "little maid" and character of roughly equal prominence to Pooh-Bah.
27th Jul '17 1:32:34 AM Kalaong
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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the originally intended joke is the performers being in yellowface. At the time there was a huge craze for Japan culture in Britain so having the characters be Japanese was a bit of satire. Since the joke is no longer relevant and yellowface [[ValuesDissonance much less acceptable]] directors have chosen to go in different directions.

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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the originally intended joke is the performers - despite being in yellowface.yellowface - are actually examples of stupid ''British'' aristocrats. At the time there was a huge craze for Japan culture in Britain so having the characters be Japanese was a bit of satire. Since the joke is no longer relevant and yellowface [[ValuesDissonance much less acceptable]] directors have chosen to go in different directions.



** Another direction is to make the characters excessively ''British'' (huge sideburns, thick accents) as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.

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** Another direction is to make ''reverse'' it; all the characters are obviously, excessively ''British'' (huge sideburns, thick accents) as well as while still using faux-Japanese to rebuild names and garb, thus rebuilding the joke.joke that this is not some bizarre Eastern culture indulging in idiocy, but British upper-crust pretending to be so.
19th Jul '17 3:00:07 PM LentilSandEater
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* ChristmasCake: Katisha, a very old maid, pines for Nanki-Poo.
** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.

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* ChristmasCake: Katisha, a very old maid, pines for Nanki-Poo.
** Or, more likely,
Nanki-Poo and for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.
16th Jun '17 4:18:54 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Hounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Hounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]]'' the Registrar.[[/note]]
14th May '17 3:05:06 PM Jeduthun
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** Another that is [[http://www.frolichawaii.com/stories/the-mikado-has-arrived/ gaining a bit of currency]] is to portray everyone as {{Anime}} characters, which preserves the intended satire on Western fascination with TheThemeParkVersion of Japanese culture.
22nd Mar '17 10:09:54 AM Jeduthun
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** Martyn Greene recounts that when played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:

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** Martyn Greene recounts that when he played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:
22nd Mar '17 10:05:14 AM Jeduthun
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** Martyn Greene recounts that when played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:
--> And apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind, \\
Such as ó What d'ye call him ó Thing'em-bob, and likewise ó Never-mind, \\
And 'Stó 'stó 'stó and What's-his-name, and also '''''You-know-who'''''....
18th Mar '17 10:12:31 PM PaulA
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-->'''Pooh-Bah''': I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that [[UpToEleven I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmic primordial atomic globule.]]

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-->'''Pooh-Bah''': -->'''Pooh-Bah:''' I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that [[UpToEleven I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmic primordial atomic globule.]]



-->'''Ko-Ko''': When Your Majesty says "Let a thing be done", itís as good as done, practically it '''is''' done, because Your Majestyís will is law. Your Majesty says "Kill a gentleman", and the gentleman is to be killed, consequently that gentleman is as good as dead, practically he '''is''' dead, and if he is dead, why not say so?
-->'''The Mikado''': I see. (DramaticPause) Nothing could possibly be more...satisfactory!

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-->'''Ko-Ko''': -->'''Ko-Ko:''' When Your Majesty says "Let a thing be done", itís as good as done, practically it '''is''' done, because Your Majestyís will is law. Your Majesty says "Kill a gentleman", and the gentleman is to be killed, consequently that gentleman is as good as dead, practically he '''is''' dead, and if he is dead, why not say so?
-->'''The Mikado''':
so?\\
'''The Mikado:'''
I see. (DramaticPause) ''[DramaticPause]'' Nothing could possibly be more...satisfactory! satisfactory!



-->'''Ko-Ko''': The fact is, he's gone abroad.\\
'''The Mikado''': Gone abroad? His address!\\
'''Ko-Ko''': Knightsbridge!

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-->'''Ko-Ko''': -->'''Ko-Ko:''' The fact is, he's gone abroad.\\
'''The Mikado''': Mikado:''' Gone abroad? His address!\\
'''Ko-Ko''': '''Ko-Ko:''' Knightsbridge!



--->'''Katisha:''' And you won't hate me because I'm just a little teeny weeny wee bit bloodthirsty, will you?\\
'''Ko-Ko:''' Hate you? Oh, Katisha! is there not beauty even in bloodthirstiness?\\
'''Katisha:''' My idea exactly!



--->'''Katisha:''' And you won't hate me because I'm just a little teeny weeny wee bit bloodthirsty, will you?
--->'''Ko-Ko:''' Hate you? Oh, Katisha! is there not beauty even in bloodthirstiness?
--->'''Katisha:''' My idea exactly!



--> Long life to you --
--> Long life to you --
--> Long life to you -- [[GallowsHumor till then!]]

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--> -->Long life to you --\\
Long life to you --
--> Long life to you --
-->
--\\
Long life to you -- [[GallowsHumor till then!]]



-->"A wand'ring minstrel I,
-->A thing of shreds and patches!"

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-->"A wand'ring minstrel I,
-->A
I,\\
A
thing of shreds and patches!"



* WifeHusbandry: Ko-Ko is Yum-Yum's guardian, and explains "I've educated her to be my wife; she's been taught to regard me as a wise and good man."



* WifeHusbandry: Ko-Ko is Yum-Yum's guardian, and explains "I've educated her to be my wife; she's been taught to regard me as a wise and good man."
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